Punching Down and Shooting Back

Featured image Every now and then someone will die, and I see the headline and think, “What? He was still alive?” That’s how it is with Doonesbury. Is it still being published? I have no idea. But its author, Garry Trudeau, is still around. He came out of retirement, perhaps, to attack Charlie Hebdo. In his younger days I suppose Trudeau would have claimed to be an advocate of free speech, but »

Hillary’s campaign is already improved over last time

Featured imageSoon after Hillary Clinton entered the 2008 presidential race, a pro-Clinton ad appeared on Power Line. It turned out that the Clinton campaign had bought ads on the 50 most read blogs (or some such cut off). I should have realized then and there that Clinton would run an incompetent campaign. Whatever our standing in the blog readership ratings, there aren’t many Democratic primary votes to be gained on Power »

Hillary4U&Me Vs. Nixon Now

Featured imageEven after a very late plane flight home from the east coast last night I sprang out of bed early this morning in eager anticipation of Madam Hillary’s social media announcement of her candidacy, only to find that, once again, a Clinton was going to show up late.  The announcement, said cable news, was being delayed a few hours. Does Hillary not know that the last day of the Masters »

Hillary Clinton, Champion of the Downtrodden?

Featured imageHillary Clinton surprised everyone today by announcing that she is running for president. (Just kidding.) Hillary says that the wants to be the “champion” of “everyday Americans.” She says the “deck is stacked in favor of those at the top.” Who knew? Stranger things have happened, I suppose, but Hillary is an odd choice as spokesman for the middle class. Hillary, who charges $300,000 to give a lousy speech; who »

Uncommon Knowledge with Tom Cotton

Featured imageSenator Tom Cotton recently sat down with Peter Robinson in Washington to record an interview for Peter’s Uncommon Knowledge series (video below, 39 minutes). The interview focuses on questions of national security and offers cogent thoughts on the cause of the present discontents. The video is also posted here under the auspices of the Hoover Institution. I’m posting the interview this morning in the hope that readers can make time »

Evolution of the Will

Featured imageIn late 2013 George Will wrote a disappointing column on the Obama administration’s interim deal with Iran. The problem with Will’s column was its assumption that Iran can be contained/deterred. Will assumed without argument that doctrines of containment and deterrence were viable in the case of Iran; he assumed what was to be proved, i.e., he begged the question. Two fundamental problems undermined his assumptions. First, Iran’s acquisition of nuclear »

Mullahs undermine Obama’s “framework” PR campaign

Featured imagePresident Obama’s nuclear “deal framework” with Iran received strong initial approval from the mainstream media. The Washington Post news pages, for example, included several favorable accounts in the days just after word of the framework came down. Critics of the framework were slow off the mark, it seemed to me. Many consider the negotiations, as Obama has pursued them, so self-evidently misguided as to eliminate the need for analyzing in »

The Times Corrects But Does Not Confess

Featured imageYesterday the New York Times published a typically vituperative editorial on the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in progress in Nashville. Titled No Firing Pins, Please, as the N.R.A. Gathers, the editorial accused the NRA of hypocrisy because it banned guns from its own convention: Seventy-thousand people are expected to attend the National Rifle Association’s convention opening on Friday in Tennessee, and not one of them will be allowed to »

Who Reads Power Line?

Featured imageReihan Salam, executive editor of National Review, bon vivant, and neck-and-neck with National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru as smartest man in America (except for when Paul Krugman dines alone)—that’s who.  He loves Power Line so much we had to do two takes! »

The Week in Pictures: Ready for Hillary Edition

Featured imageSo Hillary’s in tomorrow, with what we are told will be a “low key” launch on “social media.”  There’s never anything “low key” about the anti-social Mrs. Bill, but I suspect this low key launch may serve her well when her campaign runs into deep trouble and she withdraws over some sudden “health issue.”  (Either that or she’ll discover she’s “dead broke” again.)  She can say she was never really »

Is Iran rational and would that be good enough?

Featured imageFareed Zakaria argues that (1) “at the heart of the concerns surrounding the deal with Iran is [the] simple question [of] whether Iran is rational” and (2) Iran’s foreign policy has, for decades, been rational. Zakaria also takes critics of President Obama’s “deal” to task for claiming both that Iran is not rational and prescribing a policy — racheting up pressure — that presupposes Iran’s rationality. Zakaria’s analysis is shallow »

Andrew Klavan explains it all

Featured imageThe producers at the David Horowitz Freedom Center tag Andrew Klavan’s video below with the explanation: In which our resident scholar on all things Middle-East – and circus related, Andrew Klavan, explains Barack Obama’s policy for that troubled region. Think of it as Smart Diplomacy for Dummies… Klavan calls it Obama’s clown-car diplomacy. Is that a subcategory of the killer clown horror genre? »

The Crusades Haven’t Been In the News Lately

Featured imageIt has been a couple of months since Barack Obama suggested that the Crusades were somehow on a par with, or even a justification for, 21st-century Islamic terrorism. I objected to Obama’s casual slur at the link, saying, among other things: There was nothing wrong, in principle, with the Crusades. They were an appropriate (if belated and badly managed) response to the conquest of the Holy Land by Islam. Did »

Understated Headline of the Week

Featured imageWith the exception of what it calls “B-Hed” features about quirky news, the Wall Street Journal typically employs a fairly straight up headline style (unlike The Economist), but sometimes they could use just a little more imagination.  Consider today’s front page howler: In Campus Rape Cases, Some Men See Injustice Well, duh.  Ya think?  And especially given some of the understated but devastating reporting in the body of the story: »

The case of Patrick Fitzgerald

Featured imageAfter the media firestorm over Joseph Wilson and Valerie Plame, then-Deputy Attorney General James Comey appointed Patrick Fitzgerald to serve as independent counsel. Fitzgerald was to ascertain who had identified Plame to Robert Novak as a CIA agent and whether a crime had been committed in the process. The chain of events having been initiated by Wilson’s New York Times op-ed column, the Times itself served as the ringmaster of »

The Paul Campaign Borrows From Obama

Featured imageI don’t think Barack Obama is particularly talented, with one exception: he is the greatest money machine in the history of politics. So when it comes to fundraising, if you’re going to steal, you may as well steal from the master. One famous aspect of Obama’s email campaign was his team’s use of seemingly odd or inappropriate subject headings. Foremost among these was “hey.” A tech publication writes: President Obama’s »

John McCain and those newly released Lois Lerner emails

Featured imageAccording to Judicial Watch, documents it has released show that top staffers from the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee met with Lois Lerner and others in a “marathon” meeting to discuss concerns raised by Senators John McCain and Carl Levin that IRS was not reining in political advocacy groups in response to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. The meeting took place 11 days prior to Lerner’s admission at an ABA »